New Interfaces for Musical Expression


NYU Shanghai

Shanghai, China

June 1-4, 2021

About NIME 2021

New Interfaces for Musical Expression, also known as NIME, is an international conference musical expression and artistic performance.
The conference started as a workshop in 2001 and, since then, has been held annually around the world. The 21st edition of NIME will be hosted at the New York University, Shanghai Campus, in Shanghai, China.
The event will hold lectures, installations, concerts and workshops. Researchers and musicians from all over the world will gather to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design and human-computer music interaction.

Call for Submissions

Call For Non-Paper Workshops & Demos

NIME 2021 welcomes the submission of workshop and demo proposals that are not accompanied by a paper. These specialized workshops may be in any area of the NIME themes or topics. Workshops and demo proposals do not need to be anonymized and will be curated by the conference committee based on their relevance to the conference theme and feasibility. As a result, the feedback on these curated acceptances and rejections will be limited.

THE NON-PAPER WORKSHOP PROPOSALS (COMPILED IN A SINGLE PDF) SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • One-page workshop description clearly stating the topic and preferred length (half day or full day)
  • One-page description of technical and space requirements (e.g. projector, speakers, computers, soldering equipment, etc.)
  • A list of speakers (workshop organizers or other speakers)
  • Workshop organizer(s) short bio(s) and background relating to proposed topic
  • A link to aural, visual, and/or online documentation, e.g. a workshop web page (if available). The documentation link containing media materials should use an unrestricted streaming service such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, or YouTube.

THE NON-PAPER DEMO PROPOSALS (COMPILED IN A SINGLE PDF) SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • One-page demo description
  • One-page description of technical and space requirements
  • Author bio(s)
  • A link to audio-visual documentation showcasing the technology and/or activity to be demonstrated. The documentation link containing media materials should use an unrestricted streaming service such as Vimeo, or YouTube.


Call For Papers

We welcome submissions of original research on scientific and artistic use of new interfaces for musical expression.

There are three different paper submission categories:

  • Full paper (up to 6 pages in proceedings, oral/poster presentation, optional demo)
  • Short paper/poster (up to 4 pages in proceedings, oral/poster presentation, optional demo)
  • Demo paper (up to 2 pages in proceedings, poster presentation with demo)

Topics:

Original contributions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Novel controllers, interfaces or instruments for musical expression
  • Augmented, embedded and hyper instruments
  • Technologies or systems for collaborative music-making
  • New performance paradigms for mobile music-making
  • Music-related human-computer interaction
  • Sensor and actuator technologies, including haptics and force feedback devices
  • Musical mapping strategies
  • Explorations of relationships between motion, gesture and music
  • Evaluation and user studies of new interfaces for musical expression
  • Evaluation and user studies of commercially available “off the shelf” interfaces
  • Interfaces for musical expression for people with special needs
  • Musical applications of robotics
  • Interactive sound art and installations
  • Performance rendering and generative algorithms
  • Machine learning in musical performance
  • Web-based music performance
  • Software frameworks, interface protocols, and data formats, for supporting musical interaction
  • Historical, theoretical or philosophical discussions about designing or performing with new interfaces
  • Discussions about the artistic, cultural, and social impact of NIME technology
  • Sonic interaction design
  • Pedagogical perspectives or reports on student projects in the framework of NIME-related courses
  • Practice-based research approaches/methodologies/criticism

Call for Music

We invite submission of proposals that showcase new interfaces for musical expression in composition and performance. We look forward to receiving submissions that expand and reshape our understanding of NIME in the performance, conceptualization, and reception of music.

Please contact the Music Chairs with any questions regarding the suitability of a potential NIME performance submission. We will consider submissions of existing works as well as proposals for new ones.

If a music submission is selected for performance at NIME, it is our expectation that the proposing artists will be available to perform the work on ANY day of the conference. The NIME 2021 organization is unable to consider requests for musical performances to happen on specific days of the conference.

Music proposals (compiled into a single pdf) should include:

  • A project description.
  • A description of technical requirements.
  • Short program notes.
  • A link to audio and, preferably, audio-visual documentation. The documentation link should use an unrestricted streaming service such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, or YouTube.

In addition, you will be asked to provide artist bio(s) as a separate entry box in the online submission system.

Typical NIME performance pieces last for 5-15 minutes, but shorter and longer performance proposals may also be taken into consideration. You must consider the following aspects when preparing music performance submissions:

  • Space requirements: Indicate whether the work would be more suitable for a traditional concert stage, gallery, club, public space, university environment (hallways, staircases and indoor and outdoor plazas), or other venue. For networked & web-based work, please include the technical information and system requirements.
  • Performer(s): List any instrumental performers. Please note that the organizers cannot provide funding to support any additional performers’ travel or accommodation. Within reasonable limits, we may be able to provide musicians to perform pieces but this would be negotiated on a piece-by-piece basis.
  • Feasibility: Provide evidence of the feasibility of the musical performance. Include documentation and list of previous performances of the submitted or related work that demonstrate the submitter’s capacity to implement the proposal.
  • Collaborators: Include the names of all participants/submitters, with a short bio for each (100 words).
  • All submissions must be anonymized, including, but not limited to authors, references, and specific project names that can clearly identify the author(s).
  • Submitted proposals will be evaluated by multiple adjudicators. Review is double-blind.
  • Please note that the organizers cannot provide funding to support performers' travel or accommodation at the conference.

Call for Art Installations

NIME 2021 will also provide several locations that can be used to exhibit new music installation works. These are foyer location installations or room-based installations in connection to the conference venues. Submitted proposals will be subject to a peer review process by an international expert committee. Documentation of the installations will be available online after the conference.

In order to present an installation for NIME 2021, please submit a proposal in the form of a PDF document, maximum 4 pages, containing the following information:

  • The title of the work
  • Names of contributing artists
  • A clear description of the proposed installation that will provide reviewers with a sense of its motivation and proposed realization. Pictures, schematic diagrams and/or proposed floor plans would be helpful here. You may also Provide any documentation of previous presentations of this installation (if they exist)
  • Floor Plan & Logistical requirement: This should indicate requirements for your installation including time required to set up, diagrams for space utilization, networked needs, etc.
  • Feasibility: Provide evidence of the feasibility of the installation. Include documentation and list of previous installations of the submitted or related work that demonstrate the submitter’s capacity to implement the proposal.
  • Provide a list of equipment required for the installation, clearly indicating what you will bring and what you would require the conference organizers to provide.
  • A link to audio-visual documentation (if available). The documentation link should use an unrestricted streaming service, such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, or YouTube.

Installation Review Process

All installation submissions will be evaluated by a review panel according to the following criteria: originality, impact, creativity, technique, presentation, and feasibility.

Important Dates

Paper, poster, demo-paper, music and installation submission deadline
January 22nd, 2021
Final submission upload deadline
January 31st, 2021
Non-paper demo and workshop submission deadline
March 1st, 2021
Notification of acceptances and rejections
March 15th-19th, 2021
Early-bird registration deadline
April 4th, 2021
Camera ready submission and presenter registration deadline
April 10th, 2021
Pre-conference workshops
May 31st, 2021
The Conference
June 1st-4th, 2021

Organizers


NYU Shanghai

Shanghai Conservatory of Music